April 15, 2014
Some think the Internet is a democratizer; private information, public forums, cat videos– it’s all at our fingertips. But this hour we’ll talk to an author who is worried that private companies and commercialization are replacing freedom and individuality. We’ll also hear about a troubling new study about video games and racial stereotypes.
April 1, 2014
Tech experts are saying that virtual reality is not a matter of “if,” but a matter of “when.” This hour we’ll talk about Facebook’s recent purchase of Oculus, a VR startup, and why consumers shouldn’t expect The Matrix just yet. We’ll also learn about online calculus for the masses, coming soon to OSU, and get the latest in the world of gadgets.
March 25, 2014
Years ago, being a tinker was a viable career choice. It’s tougher today, but that doesn’t mean tinkering is dead. This hour we’ll talk to a tinkerer about the great stuff amateurs can make with a few tools and a little ingenuity. We’ll also get the latest on the trial of an email hacker, and news on the battle of the wireless frequencies.
March 18, 2014
The internet just celebrated its 25th birthday; now that it’s recovered from all the parties, where is the web headed? We’ll look at predictions for the year 2025– some positive, some just plain scary. And as we enter March Madness, we’ll learn how to use math stats to increase your chances of winning the office pool. Plus, the latest in gadgetry.
March 11, 2014
Happy birthday, Web! This month marks the 25th anniversary of the day the worldwide web was born; do we even remember the world without it? This hour we’ll talk about the web’s improbable origins, how it’s different from the internet, and why it started with nuclear research. We’ll also hear about the best apps for kids, and the latest in gadgets.
March 4, 2014
Social media isn’t just about selfies or pet photos. Some people use it to successfully hunt for a job. This hour we’ll talk about how to create effective online profiles and maintaining a professional reputation. We’ll also find out why cell phone plans are so hard to follow, and how the US government may be to blame. Plus, the latest in gadgetry.
February 25, 2014
It’s a cop’s job to catch criminals, but what if they could stop potential criminals? It’s not just the stuff of comic books. The Chicago police department is piloting a program to tag likely criminals before they’ve committed any crimes. We’ll learn more this hour. We’ll also talk about the latest in the tech business world, and get gadget news.
February 18, 2014
It’s not unheard of for a sports fan to holler for more snacks. But as technology becomes more ubiquitous, a holler has become a text message, even from couples inside the same house. This hour we’ll examine the effects technology has on couples. We’ll also look at how corporations are using kids as marketing tools, and get the latest in gadgets.
February 11, 2014
Google Fiber wants to bring low-cost, high-speed internet to certain cities around the US. But many local governments are racing to install fiber-optic networks themselves, ahead of the tech giant. We’ll get an update this hour. We’ll also discuss the rise of many crypto-currencies that are gaining legitimacy, and get the latest in gadgetry.
February 4, 2014
The recent movie “Her” depicts a relationship between a man and the friendly female voice of an operating system. This hour we’ll talk about a growing real-life trend of video game-generated girlfriends. We’ll also review the latest apps designed to boost productivity, and find out what’s new in the world of gadgets.